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Re: RFD: ImageViewer evolution

From: stefan
Subject: Re: RFD: ImageViewer evolution
Date: Tue, 8 Jul 2003 15:12:25 +0200 (CEST)
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This has no direct relation to ImageViewer but i think it can be
of interest for you.

To get started with *step programming i'm currently developing an
application that i called 'ViewIt'. It's intention is to simply view
different types of content (eg. images, pdf-documents) similar to
Apples Preview application (but hopefully a little bit faster :-)).
It will not provide extensive image manipulation functionality but
some basic actions like rotating and zooming. I tried to make the
design open so that new types of content can be easily plugged in
to ViewIt (maybe by using a framework, i'am not sure about this yet).

My intention is not to provide a replacement for ImageViewer if it
provides image-manipulation functions at the level of iphoto or
maybe on a more sophisticated level. But the main-reason why i
choosed a Viewer application as my first *step project was because
i found ImageViewer not to be very usable in it's previous version.
So maybe we can divide the work, one application for simply viewing
things and one for more sophisticated stuff like image manipulation
or photo import from digital-cameras (i would like to see especially
the last topic very much).

At the moment i'am struggling with displaying pdf-documents which
is nearly finished. The app then needs some more work on the user interface.
So i think i can release a first version in two ore three weeks.

When i'm done with this, or maybe earlier (if my spare time allows),
i plan to start work on an address book application (roughly
modeled after sbook on OpenSTEP). I think it will be a good idea
to design the API like apples AddressBook Framework so that
other application can integrate it easily. I would like GNUstep to
become my *only* daily working environment (without the whole gtk/qt/...
stuff). So what is needed are what i call day-to-day applications;
i will try to write some of these.


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